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Christie, William John (Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1944-May-25

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

158 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Strength In Unity
RAF Lissett
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers
PoW: 351

Halifax B/GR.Mk.III HX320

Bombing Aachen Germany 1944-May-24 to 1944-May-25

158 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Lissett

158 Squadron RAF (Strength in unity) RAF Lissett. Halifax III HX 320 NP-A was probably shot down by night fighter pilot Obleutnant J Werth of Stab/NJG 2 from an altitude of 9,000 feet during an operation against targets in Aachen, Germany. The Halifax crashed at Lieshout, Noord-Brabant Netherlands

Flying Officer J B O'Hara (RCAF) survived and was taken as Prisoner of War

Flying Officer M V Lawrence DFC (RCAF), Flying Officer R D MacFayden (RCAF), Sergeant W J Christie (RAFVR), Flight Lieutenant R P Freeman DFC (RAFVR) and Sergeant R E Stubbs (RAFVR) survived and evaded for various periods of time with the aid of Dutch underground groups but all were eventually captured to become Prisoners of War

One crew member, Flight Sergeant R Barnes DFM (RAFVR) survived and evaded capture and was hidden by Dutch citizens until liberated in Eindhoven by British troops, 1944-09-18

There were four more 158 Squadron Halifax aircraft lost on this operation: LV 918 NP-O, LW 118 NP-X, LW 653 NP-T and LW 720 NP-W

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Took off from Lissett at 22:44 in Halifax Mk III (Sqn code NP-A Bomber Command) on an operation to Aachen Germany.

Shot down from 9000 feet by a night fighter and crashed at Lieshout (Noord-Brabant) 6 km NW of Helmond Holland.

POWs includes Christie: Pilot Officer Roger Percy Freeman RAF POWStalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Pilot Officer Marshall Vernon Lawrence RCAF J/19574 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Flying Officer Robert Duncan MacFayden RCAF J/20071 POW Stalag Luft L1 Barth Vogelsang. Flying Officer John Bernard O'Hara RCAF J/23156 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Sergeant Robert Edwin Stubbs RAF POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia.

Evader: Flight Sergeant R Barnes RAF Evader.

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 265

The Long Road, Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Stalag Luft VII (Bankau) to Berlin, June 1944-May 1945 by Oliver Clutton Brock and Raymond Crompton, page 295

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Halifax HX320

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald La

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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Halifax B/GR.Mk.III HX320

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Failed to Return, Aachen, 25.5.44
Unit 158

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